Baseball, President Eisenhower, and Elvis Presley

by Chris Murray on April 5, 2012

The baseball season begins today, so spring must really be here. This photo of President Eisenhower, throwing out the game ball for a New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers World Series game in New York City, was taken by the legendary Cuban photographer Osvaldo Salas. What a great photo it is! Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer opens this Saturday at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. 1956 was a big year for Elvis and Ike… America was prosperous and the charismatic Eisenhower won a landslide re-election for President of the United States in the same year that Elvis recorded Hound Dog and Don’t Be Cruel and went to #1 on the charts. Play Ball!!

President Eisenhower throws out the fist ball for the 1955 World Series. Copyright ©Osvaldo Salas. All Rights Reserved.

Elvis Presely, Russwood Park, Memphis, Tennessee, 1956. Copyright ©Alfred Wertheimer. All Rights Reserved.

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